We go back to the Stour to celebrate the first day of Spring

Thursday 20th March 2014

Yes, today is the first day of Spring, or, in other words, the Spring Equinox. Not that you’d have known it – there was very little sun around and the wind was really chilly. Jez, wisely, chose to stay at home, but Max and I went back to the River Stour at Cowgrove (near Wimborne Minster and on the Kinston Lacy Estate) to celebrate.

River Stour at Cowgrove

We haven’t been there for ages because of all of the rain and flooding. I have been waiting for the river level to drop and hopefully for the ground to dry out a bit before we ventured out there again. Max was really happy to be there, but I had to be careful where I let him go into the water as the river is still running really fast. The little bay where the dogs normally play is just right though.

Clear waters

I was surprised to see a Canada Goose on the river – not a usual sight.

A less common site on the Stour

There were no swans or Little Egrets on the water, although there was a large Max dog in there.

Happy to be back

After that Max raced ahead to his normal swimming place where one of the big trees has been felled (I suspect it came down in the bad weather). This next photo is a nod to Andrew Knapp’s project and book ‘Find Momo’, Momo being his Border Collie who is ‘hidden’ in his photos. You can find more information about it here:

Anyway, this photo is called ‘Where’s Max’

Where's Max?

Oh there he is…

There he is!

Fortunately I was able to get him into the water there for a quick swim.

Walking on it was nice to see hawthorn buds.

Hawthorn buds

And hawthorn blossom.

Hawthorn Blossom

I had been really worried that the old oak with many faces would have fallen victim to the storms, so I was really pleased to see it was still standing.

The many-faced oak is still standing

And on one of the other oaks just after that I spotted these big Beefsteak fungi.

Beefsteak Fungus on an oak

We had been walking along the dry stream bed, but shortly after that had to give up and take the higher path as it hasn’t quite dried out yet.

Part of the stream bed is still a bit wet and muddy

Then it was back to the little bay to play in the river again before we headed home.

A year ago today

It was a nice sunny day and we went down to Parkstone Bay.

Jez had a cool down

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